ABILENE, Texas - People in Abilene helped fight hunger locally and around the world by participating in the annual CROP walk Sunday.
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and CROP walks are held nationwide. The entire Abilene CROP walk is about 3 kilometers and each walker raises money from one or many walk contributors.
"It makes me feel like I'm making a difference We can't do everything, but we can do something," said Debbie Bolls who participates in the crop walk every year.
CROP walkers in Abilene signed up as part of a church group or individually to help raise funds for those in need.
"The CROP walk raises funds to fight hunger throughout the country, but a portion of the money remains here in Abilene and it will be given to some of our local feeding agencies," said Don Wilson, President of the Abilene Association of Congregations.
In the last few years, Abilene's CROP walkers have raised between $6,000 and $9,000 annually. Many who participate in the walk return year after year.
"Because the problems don't stop. there's always someone somewhere that needs something that we can offer and that's why we do it," said Bolls.
The Abilene Association of Congregations that sponsors the event is part of Church World Service, a global organization that responds to disasters around the world.
One quarter of the funds raised from the CROP walk each year is used in local food distribution programs in Abilene including the Abilene food bank and Breakfast on Beech Street.